B&H records growth in 2011Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national carrier, B&H Airlines, has had a strong first half of the year. The airline carried a total of 65.309 passengers in the first 6 months, an increase of 20.5% on last year. In the first quarter of 2011 the airline saw its figures jump 59%. However, growth slowed in the second quarter with numbers increasing by only 2%. This is explained by the sharp decrease in flights as B&H suspended several routes during the summer, most notably Frankfurt and Vienna.
Later this month, B&H Airlines will suspend its flights to Stockholm and Gothenburg. Despite rumours that the airline will also terminate flights to Copenhagen at the end of the 2011 summer season, B&H itself confirmed to EX-YU aviation news that flights to the Danish capital will continue as normal. Due to the suspension of its Swedish routes there will be minor changes to the airline’s Amsterdam service. One of the 3 weekly flights will be served by the ATR72 while other days will see the Airbus A319 deployed, as has been the case since the service was launched.
Due to a relatively small destination network, the airline won’t be seeing a new aircraft entering its fleet this summer as was originally planned but it remains to be seen what its Turkish owners, who have now completely taken over the management positions at the national carrier, have in store.